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Faith Based on Reason

The theme of the Reason Together Forum is based on the following two scripture verses:

"Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." (Isaiah 1:18)

"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:" (1 Peter 3:15)

These scriptures appeal to man's intellect, the fact that God has given man a sound mind" "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind". (2 Timothy 1:7). He expects us to use our minds wisely, in a way that discerns between truth and error. There is well documented evidence (see Did Jesus Really Exist?) that Jesus was a real man who lived in the first century in Israel, performed many miracles, and rose from the dead on the third day after He was crucified. I used to believe that the Bible was just a bunch of fairy-tales written by men, but over the years and after much research, I became convinced that the Bible is true (see Is the Bible true?). 

When I consider the millions of people in the world who believe in other religions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Taoism, etc. I wonder if their prayers are getting answered.  I wonder if they truly feel fulfilled and have the hope of eternal life in paradise. These are very personal questions and I wonder if people of other religions find satisfactory answers to them.

My reason tells me to believe in the promises of God in the Bible and I have hope for a good future ahead: "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future". (Jeremiah 29:11) My emotions lead me to believe in the God of Abraham, Isaace, and Jacob because I feel the love of God every day. He saved me from death many times when I was young and doing stupid things. He has given me joy and happiness in my marriage and in the friendships I have made with true believers. We realize that we are desperately flawed, but we have a mighty compass and example to follow in the person of Jesus Christ who we know truly loves us. My prayer is for everyone reading this blog to get to know Jesus and feel His love and compassion too.

2 Comment(s)

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    douglas  11/13/2023 6:26:36 PM

    Your post thoughtfully touches on the profound questions of fulfillment, hope, and divine response across various religions. It made me ponder a different yet harmonizing perspective: what if, irrespective of our diverse religious paths, we are all essentially engaging with the same divine source?

    When you wonder about the happiness and fulfillment of people in other faiths, it opens a door to a beautiful consideration – maybe, in their own unique way, they are experiencing the same spiritual nourishment and answers to prayers that you find in your faith. Just as in a symphony, where every seat offers a different view and experience of the same performance, each religion might be a different vantage point from which to understand and interact with the divine.

    This viewpoint doesn't diminish the uniqueness and richness of each faith; rather, it celebrates the diverse ways humanity seeks and finds spiritual fulfillment. Whether it’s through the teachings of the Bible, the Quran, the Bhagavad Gita, or any other sacred text, perhaps each tradition is tapping into the same fundamental truths and divine essence, but interpreting them through different cultural and historical lenses.

    Your reflections and journey in faith highlight the personal nature of spiritual exploration. In this vast symphony of spiritual experiences, each person's seat offers a distinct yet equally valuable perspective on the divine. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and inviting such a meaningful dialogue on spirituality and interconnectedness.

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    bhodges193  11/10/2023 9:00:30 PM

    Excellent!